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Byoung-Il Bae, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3401
Phone: 860-679-8787

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Bae Lab

B.S.Seoul National UniversityMolecular Biology
Ph.D.The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineNeuroscience

Post-Graduate Training
FellowshipKorea Foundation for Advanced StudiesKorea Foundation for Advanced Studies Predoctoral Fellowship
Professional TrainingBoston Children's HospitalBoston Children’s Hospital Developmental Neurology Training Grant
Professional TrainingHarvardHarvard Stem Cell Institute Training Grant
PostdoctoralHarvard Medical School and Boston Children’s HospitalPostdoctoral Fellow
FellowshipDepartment of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical SchoolGoldenson Research Fellowship

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Dr. M. Judah Folkman Research Day AwardBoston Children’s Hospital
The Glenn/American Federation for Aging Research Scholarships (honorable mention)The Glenn/American Federation for Aging
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship, (honorable mention)Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Society for NeuroscienceProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational1999

The cerebral cortex is the largest part of the human brain and mediates advanced cognitive functions such as language and abstract thinking. Its abnormal development is implicated in neurological and psychiatric disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. Our GOAL is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human cortical development in health and disease. To achieve this goal, we are conducting two PROJECTS: (1) We are elucidating the mechanism of cortical convolution by comparing wild-type mammals with convoluted cortices (i.e., humans, ferrets) and smooth cortices (i.e., mice) or those with the same genetic mutation but strikingly different phenotypes. (2) We are elucidating the role of embryonic neurogenesis in autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability using mouse models with gain-of-function and loss-of-function mutations in the neurodevelopmental genes. Insights from our research will help us to understand the neurodevelopmental basis of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Fall 2023. 

Journal Articles


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and EntrepreneurshipTalk2019Chicago, IL, USA
Seoul National University School of Biological SciencesTalk2019Seoul, South Korea
Gordon Research Conferences: Neural DevelopmentPoster2018Newport, RI, USA
The Company of Biologists: Development and Evolution of the Human NeocortexTalk2018West Sussex, UK
The Yale Korean Bioscience SocietyTalk2018New Haven, CT, USA
The John B. Pierce LaboratoryTalk2018New Haven, CT, USA
University of Connecticut School of Medicine Department of NeuroscienceTalk2018Farmington, CT, USA
US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and EntrepreneurshipTalk2018Queens, NY, USA
Seoul National University College of MedicineTalk2017Seoul, South Korea
Case Western Reserve University Department of NeuroscienceTalk2016Cleveland, OH, USA